Storm causes injuries and damage in Western Bulgaria

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Hurricane-strength winds have injured people and caused damage in Sofia and in other parts of Bulgaria on Saturday. Bulgarian-language publications reported, the roof of a small shopping mall in the city centre had been damaged badly.

Trees fell on vehicles, waste containers travelled across streets, probelled by the storm, and fell on their sides.

In front of a “Happy” restaurant in downtown Sofia, empty fish boxes flew through the air, along with other kinds of trash and tree branches. Several people suffered minor injuries.

Sofia Municipality reported, lots of calls about fallen trees had been registered. Police officers were busy responding.

Many shop windows broke after flying objects crashed into them. Pirotska Street, a main shopping area, was hardly accessible from one end, due to a fallen metal roof. The storm even opened the hoods of parked cars.

In Simeonov, an expensive Sofia neighbourhood at the foot of the Vitosha mountain, thousands of residents were without electricity. But Bulgarians are used to that phenomenon even with out hurricane force winds.

In the region around Vratsa, to the north of Sofia, vehicles overturned due to the strong wind.

Sofia was placed under a Code Orange weather alert during the storm. In the morning, a lesser Code Yellow warning had been valid. Most other regions in Bulgaria had Code Yellow alerts too, while the provinces Kardzhali, Haskovo and Vratsa had Code Orange, like the capital.

Wind speeds of up to 26 metres per second were measured.

There was one positive aspect of the storm: It blew away Sofia’s toxic air.

Photo by Teodora Stoyanova.

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